Baroness Murphy

Welcome, everyone

Baroness Murphy

I’m excited this blog site is finally going live tomorrow and hope very much ‘you lot out there’ will want to talk to us and tell us what’s on your mind. The peers taking part have been more or less talking to each other while getting the hang of it. Some of us, unlike former…

Health in the Lords

Baroness Murphy

I’ve been fascinated to read other peers’ blogs, although trying not to rise to the Lord Norton’s bait about the most fanciable peers….(I naturally have a private list) but after reading Lord Dholakia’s diary week then seeing he has been running for charity I feel positively exhausted…I hope it’s doing him some good healthwise…. Health…

So very different in Italy

Baroness Murphy

A blogless gap because I was a few days away in Italy. This does wonders for recharging the batteries but also for appreciating the UK parliamentary system. The people of Lucca in northern Tuscany are deep into the campaign for the forthcoming general elections . So many parties, so little time to find out what…

What are debates for?

Baroness Murphy

We’ve just finished Baroness Eccles’ debate on Quality of Care in the NHS’. 17 peers spoke for 5 minutes each on this wide-ranging topic. I seriously wonder whether this is the best use of parliamentary time. No doubt official(s?) in the Department of Health are obliged to read it and ensure the Minister has responded…

Quality of Care in the NHS

Baroness Murphy

My monthly Board meeting this morning at Monitor, the regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts. Monitor makes sure Trusts are well-managed and financially strong so that they can deliver excellent healthcare for patients.NHS foundation trusts are a key part of the reform programme in the NHS. They are autonomous organisations, free from central Government control. They…